Back to the usual blather
After a day for everyone to catch their breath, we offer this a bit later that usual but it felt good to sleep for a wee bit of extended time.
So what do we all make of Chris Bosh’s torrid start to the season?
The numbers, as we showed in the paper today, are quite something and I think the one I’m most impressed with is the more than four offensive rebounds he’s getting per game. We haven’t seen that kind of aggression on the offensive glass over an extended period in years.
But what I found most interesting in the 10-minute chat we had in a corner of the Energy Solutions Arena locker room the other night was his contention that a large part of his transformation came about because he wanted to really be considered among the elite in the league.
Ego-driven, it is. And, to me, that’s a very good thing.
All the best players in every sport have a lot of “me” about them, a bit of selfishness and a cockiness that makes them stand out. Bosh really hasn’t shown much of that, he’s talked it a little bit in the past but he’s never really displayed it on a consistent basis. Now? He is.
No, his game is far from perfect and he fully admits to a couple of brain freezes on defence that cost his team buckets and he knows that has to improve. But there is an edge to him this year that can only help.
He remains the team’s best player – by far – and if the best player has an edge to him, you’d think it would eventually rub off onto some of his teammates.
You all remember Ira, right? My guy at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel?
Well, here’s what he’s got to say today before this big one.
Speaking of travel heck, I want to personally thank United Airlines for screwing things up yesterday by having the plane that was coming to get us in Salt Lake be late so we were late getting to Chicago and the connection home was missed.
Nothing like a 15-hour travel day to end a week-long trip.
Here’s the thing.
You read my mail and you’d think this is the worst 5-7 team in the history of basketball. More Nets-like than you could imagine.
They’re not the elite but they’re not with the dregs and isn’t that what everyone expected when this whole exercise began? Not sure what kind of instant gratification everyone was thinking about over the first three weeks of the season but, two below .500 now is about where they should be.
This is, in my opinion, still about a 43-win team, all things being equal, and being 5-7 now may not equate mathematically to that number but, in the reality of an NBA season and the vagaries of the schedule, I still think it does.
You saw Dave’s piece on Reggie Evans, I presume.
And there you have it: No one knows for certain when he’ll be back so the questions can end, right?
Let me also say this: Reggie is good and he’s tough and he’ll answer a lot of needs this team has. But, please, don’t think that he minute he’s back in uniform that things will magically turn around and be good every second of every game.
Fans sometimes have this ability to over-estimate the value of missing pieces and turn them into something they’re not.
The Raptors will get consistently good when everybody – chief among them the other 11 guys in uniform – put out a consistent effort every night.
It’s on guys like Bosh and Bargnani, Calderon and Turkoglu, DeRozan, Bellinelli, Wright and Johnson and Jack to be better more often.
Yes, Reggie helps; no, he doesn’t get it going better all the time just by himself.
Only a few days left to enter our nifty contest. If I were you, I’d click here and try to get in on the fun.
We all have read, or heard, that the Knicks have some interest in Allen Iverson, who cleared waivers last night.
Well, the whispers I was hearing at a couple of places on the road trip was that Miami might be in the mix, too. Not sure how that fits – well, I’m not sure how Iverson fits anywhere, to tell you the truth – but I do know he’d probably get his wish to be a starter.
The thing would be if he’d try to dominate the ball on a team with Dwyane Wade, that’s where trouble lurks.
But we will know tonight where Iverson will land.
Under waiver rules, teams put “claims” in on players who are on waivers and if there are more than one claim on a player when that period ends, the team with the worst record is “awarded him.”
So, if the Knicks and Heat want him, well, he’s off to New York.
Might make the pre-game period tonight a little more interesting as we wait around and see what happens.
Speaking of pre-game period, we’re back to some kind of normal schedule around here.
We’ll try to knock off a 1 p.m. chat; we’ll try to get an episode of GruntTV on the air and then the regular game drill tonight.
We’re also going to put together a Sunday mailbag (I believe blowing off practice tomorrow will be in my best interest) so if you’ve got some non-game specific queries send ‘em along.
And by that, I mean questions that aren’t: “Well, they sucked in the first quarter in Utah, here’s 250 words on why I think that way. “What do you say?”
As I’m sitting out the missed connection at O’Hare yesterday, in the cramped little Air Canada corner by Gate E1, I’m thinking just how much I dislike that airport.
Too spread out but too crowded; the $10 little sandwich and bottle of water was a bit much to take and there just seems to be a bad vibe around the place.